Writer: Preston Wittwer

Panel discussion Wednesday, Sept. 26, to open exhibit


Six diverse artists with ties to Brigham Young University and the Islamic world will be coming together to create an exhibition, “Treasured Truths: Exploring the Bridges between Faith, Art and Life,” which is now on display in the B. F. Larsen Gallery of the Harris Fine Arts Center.

The exhibit will be available through Friday, Oct. 12, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, and admission is free. A panel discussion will open the exhibition Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. followed by an opening reception at 7:15 p.m. for the BYU community and the general public at the gallery. Complementary exhibit catalogs will be available at the reception.

The artists – Nassar Mansour, Lisa DeLong, Val Brinkerhoff, Andrew Korosok, Christine Armbruster and Steven Waggoner – each provide a unique perspective of the connections between the LDS culture and Islam when viewed through the lens of faith.

“One of the ties we share as a human family is the capacity for art,” said artist Andrew Korosok. This connection will be shown through geometric patterns in Islamic art and glances into the Islamic culture through photography and oil paintings. Additionally, Nassar Mansour, widely renowned as one of the finest practitioners of calligraphy in the world today, will exhibit a work that explores the life of Jesus Christ.

The exhibition was organized by BYU Visual Arts Department’s Faith in Works Committee, which investigates the intersection of faith and art. This is the fourth exhibition the committee has hosted. This exhibition is co-curated by art history professor James Swensen and art history undergraduate, Heidi Larsen.

For more information about the exhibit or opening contact Heidi Larsen at (801) 319-7695 or James Swensen at (801) 708-2913.